Will Professional Book Editors Steal Your Work? (Part 1/2)

Professional book editor in the UK answers the main question that often stops aspiring authors from using editorial services!

Sadly, many aspiring authors reject the idea of hiring a book editor for their manuscript, and one of the main reasons is down to the fear that their work will be stolen and published beyond their control.

Although it’s highly, highly unlikely that a book editor would steal a client’s story, it’s a valid worry to have considering the amount of Wattpad and Inkitt stories that get pinched, or the number of thieves disguised as beta readers.

But this article will help you to understand why a genuine book editor would never steal your work, and part two (coming soon!) will show you what you can also do to give yourself peace of mind when hiring.

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1. Sincerity

The legitimate novel editors out there (like me!) are passionate about helping authors in the best way possible, not stealing from them.

It may be difficult for you to believe that an editor can control themselves when faced with a beautifully-written, well-structured novel, but we have more discipline than you give us credit for. 😉

Think about these examples:

  • Do you worry that your car will get stolen when it goes for an MOT?

  • Do you fear that your pet will get nicked when you go on holiday and have to put them into a holiday home?

  • Do you worry that your belongings will get pinched when the estate agent shows strangers around your home?

  • Do you fret that your kids will get taken by the teachers at their school?

  • Do you panic about your bike getting thieved when it’s locked up outside?